How to delete messages on Twitch

As a video game streaming platform, Twitch enables game lovers (and in this case viewers) to send messages to each other in a chat space as they enjoy the content that they are streaming. Since some messages may be offensive, rude, or irritating, this article is going to guide you on how to delete messages on Twitch.

Some viewers who engage in a Twitch chat do not understand particular interpersonal skills such as courtesy of speech (or text if you like). They often spam the chat area, harass other viewers or say inappropriate things. These people make the chatting unbearable and may make some viewers opt-out of your live stream.

Apart from the viewers in these stream chats, there are the broadcaster (the channel’s owner) and moderators (or mods) who help the broadcaster to ensure that the messages sent and engagements made are A-Okay.

See also: How to setup Nightbot on Twitch

Delete messages on the chat stream

As a broadcaster or moderator, the best experience is if you are using more screen such as a laptop or a desktop. The steps given hereafter will solely focus on those platforms, that is, Windows, macOS or Linux. Also, the steps have been made from scratch and clarified in depth.

  1. First, visit the Twitch.tv website on your web browser.
  2. Click the grey ‘Log in’ button and enter your details (username and password) to access your account. If you had been logged in, Twitch should open up to your home page and a promoted stream should start playing.
  3. Click on the icon at the top right corner (the one with your profile’s avatar). On the displayed menu, click on ‘Channel’.
  4. When your channel’s page display, click on the ‘Chat’ tab. This should open the ‘Stream Chat’ mini window on the right side of the screen. If you are on a live stream or just online and live, your viewers and followers should be already on your channel and sending messages already.
  5. On the bottom of the stream chat, click on the sword-like icon to switch to the mod view. This is a better control area.

On the mod view

  1. On the chat area, click on the icon with the three dots. On the little menu that displays, toggle the ‘Show Mod Icons’. The icons will help you in executing a few moves.
  2. Now, scroll to the specific message you want to delete. Since ‘Show Mod Icons’ is toggled on, you will see a trashcan icon next to the message. Click this to delete it. That should work pretty well.

The timeout command

The /timeout command also helps Twitch broadcasters and moderators to delete the last message and give a viewer a time out. This prevents them from contributing for a while because the best bet is that they won’t stop their nonsense.

Use this format to give a timeout to a hard-headed viewer: /timeout [ reason]. This is an example of how you can do it on the chatbox: /timeout lizkate 1s spamming. Here, the user lizkate has been timed out for one second for spamming the stream chat.

Handling ‘bad’ chatters 

On the moderator’s view, you can add a list of terms under the ‘Blocked Terms’ option on the right of the screen. This will restrict the messages that have ‘bad’ terms from being published on the chat.

Also, you can set ‘Slow Mode’ on so that users take time before they send a message. This will ensure that moderators check the quality of what is posted and judge whether or not it should be deleted.

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